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Letter 876

Darwin, C. R. to Murray, John (b)

[6 June 1845]

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    Has sent off MS of first part [of Journal of researches, 2d ed.]. Has so much to add about Fuegians [at beginning of second part] and so much to condense and rewrite in scientific part that he may not have second part ready at end of month; it depends on his health, which is good lately.

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Down Bromley Kent

Friday

Dear Sir

I sent the M.S. to you yesterday. I write now to tell you, that I find so much to add about the Fuegians, & consequently so much more to condense & almost rewrite in the scientific part, that I cannot help fearing that possibly I may not have the second number ready having to correct press of 1st number for press at the end of this month. I think I shall, but not being sure, I thought it wd be better not to take you by surprise. It will depend on my health, which lately has been very good; I earnestly wish to complete it as soon as possible. I shall be able to judge certainly by the 20th of this month:

I presume you have something else which, if required, cd come out, between two of my numbers

Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin

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    Because Robert FitzRoy had given an extended description of the Fuegians in Narrative 2: 175–224, CD elected to say little about them in the first edition of the Journal of researches. Much of the material introduced into the second edition was based on FitzRoy's account.
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